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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-27-2016, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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My "new" Spider - 89 Graduate - came with a very nice hard top. It has the brackets installed on the rear deck and the latches for the windshield. It also has hooks at the b-pillars. But, those hooks don't have anything obvious to grab except the folded frame of the soft top.

Is that correct? They aren't easily oriented to catch anything, so it doesn't feel natural.

My Miata has side latches installed that give the top a place attach firmly, but I don't see anything similar on the Alfa.

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Yes. The large "J" hooks (one on each side) are designed to latch right onto the convertible top frame, but they do require some minor adjustments with a wrench, and the hook brackets themselves are installed to (or removed from) the hardtop by attaching (or unscrewing) a pair of securing screws.

Pages 54 through 56 of the Owner's Manual provide a few helpful drawings.
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That is great information!
Thank you.

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I like the way they write use two people to do it correctly! Ever tried to carry that thing on your own?

if you are lucky, your top might have come with the clip on vinyl covers that cover the side J hooks.

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I personally use an electric winch for mine, but in a pinch... here is a good idea of how to remove and install a hardtop solo.

Being the Alfa is much smaller, this might not be practical.


I don;t have a hard top for my 74 spider.
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WOW! What a difference a couple of hooks make! The drive in this morning was so much quieter.

My car did, indeed, come with the clip-in covers. Only I didn't know where they went until now. Thanks!

I have a small electric winch in my shop that I use to lift the top off. Then I put it on a roll-around stand with a padded blanket over it for storage. The soft top on this car is unusable so the plan is to enjoy the hardtop through the winter and then replace the folding top in the springtime.

Thank you all for sharing your knowledge so freely! I'm sure I'll be here asking many more questions along the way.

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